Study durations and semester dates
The LLM and MSc programmes are twelve months full-time or twenty-four months part-time*. You can find information on 2018/19 semester dates on the University calendar.
University of Edinburgh calendar
You are expected to arrive in Edinburgh for Welcome Week induction events (in both the University and the Law School).
*Please note that due to current UKBA regulations part-time study is only available to Home/EU students.
Facilities for LLM and MSc students
The University of Edinburgh library has one of the largest and most important collections in Britain. It has some two million items including the latest publications, key texts, and rare books. The Law School has its own library housed within its temporary home of David Hume Tower. It is well stocked in most important fields of law. The library of the Europa Institute, housed alongside the Law Library, is an outstanding European Documentation Centre. Within walking distance from the Law School is the National Library of Scotland which also possesses an important legal collection accessible to postgraduate students.
Postgraduate students have access computing facilities provided within the Law School and there are many computing labs across the University's George Square Campus. Wireless network access is available in most areas of the University. Postgraduate students have extensive access to online legal research facilities including electronic journals, LexisNexis and Westlaw. Additional computing facilities are available in the University's Main Library and via the University's Computing Services. Masters students also have exclusive access to a social space known as the Masters' Hub.
Residence requirements for taught postgraduate programmes
All candidates, with the exception of candidates registered for recognised Online Learning programmes, must remain in residence in Edinburgh throughout the period of study prescribed unless authorised leave of absence has been granted. Residence in Edinburgh is taken to mean (a) residence in, or in the immediate environs of, the city, or (b) a candidate's proximity to Edinburgh so as readily to allow face-to-face supervision and study as directed by the supervisor. Leave of absence is not normally permitted in the case of candidates for most postgraduate diplomas and taught masters degrees. Remember that for the LLM and MSc programmes, residence in Edinburgh also includes the summer months, and so runs from mid-September to late August annually.
Information on University student housing
The University is well provided with some excellent postgraduate accommodation. In addition there is no shortage of privately rented accommodation in Edinburgh.
Read more about accommodation.